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Vegetable Soup with Corn Dumplings

This is one of my go-to winter soups. I used a lot of the veggies that I froze over the summer: green beans (in place of the canned beans), zucchini, yellow squash, corn and tomatoes. I also added onion, carrots and part of a huge sweet potato purchased more recently (I boiled and froze the rest of the sweet potato for later use). I used vegetable broth that I made in my slow cooker today (using a recipe from Not Your Mother’s Slow Cooker Cookbook).

The recipe makes a ton of soup. I have four pints to take for lunches this week and still more to have with dinner throughout the week.

Close-up of the dumplings.

It’s important to store the dumplings separately from the soup, otherwise, they’ll dissolve into it.

I didn’t have one of the corn dumplings tonight. Instead, I had a cup of the soup with a fried flounder sandwich. I used New Belgium’s Snow Day in the batter for the flounder (and omitted the nuts).


The Haul: Sweet Surprise Edition

I wasn’t sure what to expect this week at the farmer’s market. It’s turned cooler now, so I imagined fall crops would soon be making an appearance. I was pleased to find a stall that still had corn (I bought six more ears for freezing), but guess what else they had? Grapes! Locally grown grapes, no less. I snatched up two pints and the seller promised me that they would have a very unique taste compared to grocery-store grapes.

Here’s what else I got:

Spaghetti squash

Butternut squash

Sweet potatoes



And for breakfast:


Amish pumpkin muffin

On a separate errand, I picked up a the Sam Adam’s fall 12-pack. Currently enjoying an Octoberfest. Fall is officially here.

The Haul: Hurricane Irene Edition

This was a two- or three-part haul, due to the hurricane bearing down on us. On Wednesday night, I stocked up on non-perishables in anticipation of lost power (more on that in a different post). Last night, I went to the Amish market after work, in case I needed to minimize my time out of the house this morning. When I woke up today, it was gloomy out, but not rainy or windy yet. I ventured down to the open-air market, where less than half the normal vendors had set up shop.

My plan before the hurricane became a reality was to stock up on still more tomatoes and corn this weekend, as their seasons are starting to wind down (and I still hadn’t bought any fresh corn this summer!). I decided only to get a couple of slicer tomatoes instead of a bunch of romas for freezing. The slicers will keep well at room temperature and it will be nice to have something fresh to eat if I have to dip into the packaged food stores should the power go out.

I mentioned to one of the vendors that I really wanted to buy a bunch of corn and freeze it, but I was afraid that would be a waste if the power went out. He said that the hurricane will most likely blow down the remaining corn on the stalks and so this was the last of the fresh corn. That sold me. I bought six ears (half what I had planned).

As soon as I got home, I shucked the ears and boiled them for five minutes. I reserved one ear to eat later with dinner and cut the rest of the kernels off the cobs, separating them into quart-size freezer bags (one or two ears per bag). I also bagged the cobs and threw it all in the freezer (with my fingers crossed). I’ll either boil the cobs some more in a stock or defrost them and throw them in the compost bin (currently dismantled and in my shed, locked up tight).

Here’s what else I bought over the past two days:

Pork bbq and sauce (there was an end-of-summer cookout at the Amish market yesterday — this is dinner tonight and tomorrow)
Hot dog buns (the only rolls left at the market; I figured they’d work just as well for bbq)
Kettle corn (an important staple in emergencies like this)
Smoked salmon salad (lunch today — and hopefully tomorrow — to be served on some whole-grain Italian bread I pulled out of the freezer)
Red bell pepper (also keeps well at room temperature and good to snack on)

Maple Bourbon Salmon with Freezer Full Succotash

I bought a large piece of salmon at Captain Ketch’s yesterday and had a hankering for maple-bourbon glazed salmon tonight. I found this recipe.

I used the basil-dijon mustard that I bought a couple of months ago and it worked really well.

To accompany the salmon, I threw together my standard succotash recipe:

Any amount of previously cooked corn, cut from the cob
Any amount of a green vegetable (in this case, chopped green pepper, but I’ve used green beans in the past) I can’t stand limas, but use them if you must.
Any amount of a red vegetable (in this case, seeded and chopped heirloom tomato)
Salt and pepper to taste

Throw together in a saucepan and heat until hot. Serve.

I had the salmon and succotash with one of Captain Ketch’s popovers.

Talkin’ Cracker Jack Smack

I’ve been eating lunch early and therefore getting the munchies earlier than my regularly scheduled snack time recently. Yesterday, I wandered down to our cafeteria and about the only slightly wholesome snack that was available was Cracker Jacks. But since when are they owned by Frito Lay? Maaaaannn…. guess I’ve been getting my RDA of GMO corn. To make matters worse, one of my coworkers made fun of me when she walked in on me in the act of taking this photo.